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Four Things That Home Improvement Shows Don’t Tell You About

Home improvement shows! We all love them. So you are flipping through the channels on a lazy Sunday morning and bam! You come across a reality show where the parents are in the middle of a blazing argument. The kids are screaming in the background because the garage doors fell off their hinges. The whole family is at the point of breaking apart because their home was old, creaky and hasn’t had a renovation in ages. There is a lot of name calling and blame shifting. As if by magic, the host of your home improvement show appears at their doorstep magically, with his magic home renovating wand. After the entire family cries on his shoulder for a good fifteen minutes, everything seems to take an optimistic edge. From there onwards, everything seems so easy and uphill. So you find yourself slouching on the sofa, watching more episodes of the show back to back. Well, while it is good and sometimes educational to watch such shows, sometimes they can be a little misleading. So before you get inspired by such shows and tear apart your house to renovate it, here are things that the nice people on the reality TV show never told you about. Before you try any of these jobs on your own contact a professional like Summit Point Roofing first.

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Timelines are Bogus

In your favourite reality show, everything seems to be done within a space of three days or so. Since they don’t claim to do it within the duration of the show, you somehow believe that all it took to revamp that entire house is only three days. Well, it doesn’t work that way. Renovating a house takes a lot of planning and effort. It cannot be done in three days, for sure. Experts in the construction trade say that in order to renovate and revamp an average sized home, it takes at least 6 weeks. This may vary depending on the condition that the house is in. Whatever said and done, you simply cannot renovate a house in three days. So if you were having big plans to renovate your house over the weekend, think again.

Renovation Budgets Can Stretch

In most reality shows, they simply do not show the budgeting bit. They seem to stick to particular budget up to the nearest penny. Well, the thing is, renovation budgets are not permanent. They change all the time. They change if you change your mind about the floor or if you decide to fire your plumber. So, it is best to work with a buffer. If you calculate a certain amount to be your renovation budget, keep at least 30% extra. Keep scrupulous records of everything. Whenever you pay a contractor, write it down. File the receipt. A lot of people go over the budget simply because they have no idea how much of it they have used already.

Not everything is utterly useless

In many home improvement reality shows you can see the host gleefully tossing away everything in the house. Well, the thing about reality TV is that it is made for drama. By tossing out everything in a house, the show achieves its dramatic effects. Well, but it doesn’t have to be that way for your own house. You need not toss every single thing in your house in order to revamp it. You also need not do it in a frenzy. If you indeed plan to renovate your house, go through each and every item of your house carefully. Think of what can be used and what really cannot be used. You will find that a lot of the items in your house are actually re-useable. Especially when it comes to antiques. So take your time and choose what stays and what goes.

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You need not have a fight

Reality TV shows cater to people who live vicariously through other people’s drama. So almost all of them involve some sort of a fight or the other. When you are doing your own house, try not to get carried away. Everything does not have to end in a fight. Your children need not behave like screaming monsters. While renovating maybe portrayed to be a difficult time, in reality it is just the opposite. It is fun, interesting and can be an experience for the entire family. So talk to your family, get excited and plan the new house together. You may even involve your kids in some of the restoration work after school.